Three week ban rules O’Driscoll out for Wasps tie

Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has been banned for three weeks after he was
found guilty of stamping on Italy’s Simone Favaro during his side’s Six Nations
championship loss on Saturday.

The ban means that O’Driscoll will not be able to play in Leinster’s Amlin
Challenge Cup quarter-final against London Wasps in April and also two matches
in the Pro12 league.

Thirty-four-year-old O’Driscoll was playing in his 125th match for Ireland
and was sin-binned for only the second time in his career.

O’Driscoll could have been suspended for as long as nine weeks for the stamp
but is only suspended until 8 April 2013 and has the right of appeal against
the suspension.

O’Driscoll admitted that he had committed an act of foul play but denied that
it warranted a red card.

The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Robert Williams (Wales) along with Mike
Hamlin and John Doubleday (both England), upheld the citing complaint and determined
that the offending warranted a red card.

In applying the sanction, the Disciplinary Committee considered that the stamp,
contrary to Law 10.4(b), was in the mid range of the IRB’s sanctions for the
type of offence and, after hearing from Brian O’Driscoll and his representatives,
allowed a reduction of 2 weeks of mitigation, particularly taking into account
the player’s exemplary previous playing and disciplinary record.

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